December 3, 2018
I believe there is a distinction between ‘to hear’ and ‘to listen’. ‘Hearing’ is a physiological function, whereas ‘listening’ implies that I accept (and follow) that which I hear. We hear John the Baptist today, but are we willing to listen? Advent is all about preparing ourselves spiritually to celebrate the birth of the Saviour, Jesus Christ. The message of John reminds us of the changes, perhaps drastic, that this may require for us to be prepared for December 25. We need to identify our ‘valleys’, ‘mountains’, ‘hills’ and ‘winding ways’ that keep us from following Christ faithfully, and living in harmony with others. Advent is the time for renewal of mind, heart, and spirit to worthily celebrate the birth of the Christ Child. Listen up!